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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
714 Days Until Election Day 2016It's Tuesday, November 25, 2014, I'm Gabe Fleisher for, and reporting from WUTP world HQ in my bedroom just minutes away from Ferguson, Missouri - Good morning: THIS IS YOUR WAKE UP CALL!!!
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Headline: No Indictment in Ferguson, Protests Erupt
- St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced Monday night that a Grand Jury had not found enough evidence to charge white police officer Darren Wilson with the August killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager.
- After the decision was announced, protests engulfed the city of Ferguson, Missouri, the site of the shooting on August 9 of this year. Breaking glass, gunshots, and fires could be seen and heard throughout Monday night, as protestors came from all over the world to register their disapproval of the Grand Jury verdict. Police officers from across St. Louis County, clad in riot gear, formed a line in front of the Ferguson Police Department, the main site of protests.
- An hour after many watched McCulloch begin his announcement, television sets across America showed President Barack Obama deliver a statement on a split-screen – with the President urging “care and restraint” on one side, and chaotic protests on the other.
- “There are Americans who agree with it and Americans deeply disappointed, even angry,” Obama said of the Grand Jury’s verdict. And while he did call for peaceful protests, the President continued, saying, “In too many parts of this country a deep distrust exists between law enforcement and communities of color. We need to recognize that this is not just an issue for Ferguson. This is an issue for America.”
- Throughout the night, St. Louis schools were closed, National Guard reinforcements swarmed Ferguson, and leaders including Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon were nearby the protests.
- Meanwhile, as evidence seen by the Grand Jury is combed over by media and others, the whole city and county of St. Louis hinges on uncertainty, along with the country and the world, waiting for what is next – for the politicians on the ground and away, the businesses burned and closed, the investigations ongoing, the protests raging, and the schools shuttered.
Photos exclusively shared with Wake Up To Politics show protestors, police, and media alike on the streets of Ferguson last night. White House Watch
- Hagel Resigns as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced his resignation Monday as U.S. Secretary of Defense, after he was reportedly pushed out by President Barack Obama and White House aides.
- A long list of names has circulated as speculation begins to succeed Holder, but most have just two at the top, both ex-Obama Administration Pentagon officials: Michèle Flournoy, former undersecretary of Defense for Policy, and Ash Carter, former Deputy Secretary of Defense.